By Karting1 ~ September 21st, 2007. Filed under: Kart Racing News.
It’s Friday of the Karting World Championships, and we have practise analysis. The KF1 grid has been spilt into odd and even numbers.
In Practise 2 for the odd numbers Armand Kozlinski has been setting a rapid pace with Davide ‘always turns it on at the World Championship’ Fore closely behind in 2nd place. TM will be ecstatic there engine is showing some real good pace, and could prove to be a major player this weekend.
In Practise 3 for the odd numbers Kozlinski was no where to be seen, having completed an out lap. We are unsure the cause of his retirement from the session. Fore still sits 2nd in the time sheets, with Sodi Kart driver Floriano leading the pack. However the times do seem to spread out quite far. Hopefully they will close up because the difference between 1st and 2nd in Practise 3 for the odd numbers was 0.235 seconds, and last year with the 100cc engines that was the gap between 1st and 15th in overall qualification.
In Practise 3 for the even numbers Gary Catt has came out top of the time sheets with a 54.028, which is a few tenths of the ultimate pace. We expected the Vortex’s to be quick, but at the moment they are not dominant. Championship favourite Marco Ardigo is 4th quickest 3 tenths off Catt. Maybe it’s not going to plan for Vortex.
In the final practise session for odd numbers Davide Fore showed his class as he posted the fastest time of the session ahead of Brit James Calado. Mark Litchfield also showed some promising pace, but is still .285 off the pace. However early pace setter Kozlinski was no where to be seen. Huh?
Vortex/TonyKart step it up a gear as Ardigo, and Catt post some super fast times in Practise 4 for even numbers. .240 clear of the field in their group, the TonyKart/Vortex team has sent out a strong message. Furthermore Catt showed some superb consistency, and is looking good.
KF1 ODD numbers Practise 2
Kozlinski Arnaud (F) 53.667
Fore Davide (I) 53.811 +0.144
Bailly Benjamin (B) 53.930 +0.263
Bressan Alessandro (I) 53.963 +0.296
Alfano Floriano (F) 54.183 +0.516
Poncelet Julien (F) 54.187 +0.520
Litchfield Mark (GB) 54.199 +0.532
Laine Matias (FIN) 54.232 +0.565
Renaudie Manuel (F) 54.239 +0.572
KF1 ODD numbers Practise 3
Alfano Floriano (F) 53.895
Fore Davide (I) 54.130 +0.235
Bressan Alessandro (I) 54.328 +0.433
Litchfield Mark (GB) 54.355 +0.460
Cesetti Sauro (I) 54.454 +0.559
Calado James (GB) 54.466 +0.571
Bailly Benjamin (B) 54.495 +0.600
Antonucci Francesco (I) 54.526 +0.631
Poncelet Julien (F) 54.598 +0.703
Walker Jonathan (GB) 54.602 +0.707
KF1 EVEN numbers Practise 3
Catt Gary (GB) 54.028
Cuoco Kevin (F) 54.196 +0.168
Christensen Michael (DK) 54.297 +0.269
Ardigo Marco (I) 54.311 +0.283
Nojiri Tomoki (J) 54.383 +0.355
Nieminen Julius (FIN) 54.392 +0.364
Convers Armand (F) 54.400 +0.372
Bellanca Marco (CH) 54.448 +0.420
Bosca Alessandro (I) 54.448 +0.420
Mengers Julian (DK) 54.489 +0.461
KF1 ODD numbers Practise 4
Fore Davide (I) 53.760
Calado James (GB) 53.792 +0.032
Piccioni Antonio (I) 53.891 +0.131
Bressan Alessandro (I) 53.990 +0.230
Litchfield Mark (GB) 54.009 +0.249
Bailly Benjamin (B) 54.045 +0.285
Cesetti Sauro (I) 54.077 +0.317
Mancinelli Daniel (I) 54.136 +0.376
Laine Matias (FIN) 54.158 +0.398
Vasiliauskas Kazimieras (LT) 54.161 +0.401
KF1 EVEN numbers Practise 4
Catt Gary (GB) 53.652
Ardigo Marco (I) 53.678 +0.026
Bollingtoft Nikolaj (DK) 53.892 +0.240
Abbasse Anthony (F) 53.953 +0.301
Christensen Michael (DK) 53.979 +0.327
Dias Gabriel (BR) 54.051 +0.399
Bellanca Marco (CH) 54.086 +0.434
Varutti Alban (F) 54.092 +0.440
Parrott Jason (GB) 54.103 +0.451
Nojiri Tomoki (J) 54.126 +0.474
Conclusions from Day 1: Looking ahead to tomorrow it looks as if the main players Ardigo, Catt, and Fore are looking good for a tight battle. But Kozlinski, and a few other drivers look good to spring a surprise or two. Especially Kozlinski who, with the TM, is looking rapid. Qualifying, and heats start tomorrow!
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